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Reading Lists: Information for Semester 1 2021

By Curtin Library 13 January 2021 News & events No Comments »

With the commencement of Semester One 2021, teaching staff are reminded to arrange access to unit readings through the Library’s Reading List system.

The Course Quality Manual states that all units must have a list unless exempted. In particular, all learning resources copied under the University’s Statutory Licence must be recorded in the Reading List system.

Your next steps

Teaching staff who wish to roll over existing Reading Lists should do so now.

Staff should also check that their lists are Associated with the correct Blackboard units and that the lists are Published prior to the commencement of the study period.

Staff must use Reading Lists to notify the Library of their unit’s prescribed essential learning resources.

New Reading List features

Multi-editing citations

This semester, new functionality allows teaching staff to work with citations in bulk. Please see this video for more information.

Guided tours and videos

For those new to Reading Lists, you will now find training videos and guided walk-throughs to support your learning of the user interface. Look under the ? at the top right of the screen to find Video Guides and Guided Tours.

Other updates

Move to High Demand

With the Robertson Library closure, items tagged as Move to High Demand will be actioned when the Library reopens in semester 1.

Print books

A reminder that Curtin Library is an electronic format preferred Library. Print formats will only be purchased if the item is a tagged as a prescribed learning resource or if no electronic format is available. Print Library-owned resources will not be accessible to students until the Library reopens in semester 1.

Need help?

For more help with Reading Lists, see our tutorial.

If you have questions or wish to arrange training, please contact the Reading List Team via or +61 8 9266 7572 during normal working hours.

For help with copyright issues, such as how to comply with the University copyright licences, visit the Copyright at Curtin website.

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Changes to Curtin Graduate School of Business Library

By Curtin Library 5 January 2021 News & events 2 Comments »

We wanted to let you know about some changes to our services at CGSB Library.

Starting from trimester 3 break, CGSB Library will operate as a quiet study space for Curtin students and staff. To access the space, make sure to bring your Curtin ID card to swipe in. If you need help in the Library space, the best way to reach a Library staff member is by calling 9266 7166 or by sending us a question online. Online help will be available during trimester break between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

You will continue to have access to our collection of specialised reference materials at CGSB Library, and postgraduate students will be able to use document delivery services, but delivery of print books from the Robertson Library to CGSB will no longer be available and all items must be collected from the Bentley campus.

Over the summer, due to the TL Robertson Library refurbishment & services upgrade, library services will be provided from Building 303 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri), which will also house a small collection of essential texts for units running over this period – see our webpage for details. From 1st March 2021, the TL Robertson Library will reopen for borrowing and study for extended hours.  A reminder that parking is free in the blue zones on the Bentley campus after 4.30pm on weekdays and on weekends.

If you have queries or feedback about Library services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Suggestion Box: Library Access

By Curtin Library 16 December 2020 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box@Curtin Library…

Please open the main library to the public. It was open to non library card holders in the past [eg.2019].

The Library responds…

Thanks for getting in touch with the Library.

Unfortunately, we remain unable to provides services to non Curtin staff or students. The Library continues to follow the advice of the State and Federal Governments to ensure the health and safety of Curtin students and staff, and while it’s true that some of the COVID -19 restrictions are easing, not all of them have.

We’ll continue to increase our opening hours and reintroduce services as it becomes safe to do so, and the best way you can stay up to date with what’s changing is through our communications on the Library website.

James Robinson
Curtin Library

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Services during the holiday period

By Curtin Library 16 December 2020 News & events Comments off

We’re taking a break over the holiday period, but we still have plenty of help and resources available online.

Our in-person and online support service will be unavailable from Friday 18 December 2020 to Sunday 3 January 2021. We will get to your queries when we’re back on Monday 4 January 2021. Here’s some detail about our other affected services:

  • Access problems with the catalogue will be attended to from 4 January 2021. Online help and tips are available in the Using the Library Catalogue guide.
  • The Library’s Document Delivery request service will be closed between Wednesday 9 December 2020 and Tuesday 5 January 2021. If you place a request for an article or item from another library it will be processed from Wednesday 6 January 2021. There may be some delays while any backlogs are cleared.
  • There’s no need to return your Library books over the Christmas or semester breaks unless we send you an email.

You can still access the catalogue, FAQs and other online resources during this period.

Have a safe and happy holiday break!

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Library summer break service changes

By Curtin Library 26 November 2020 Facilities Library Services News & events Refurbishment Comments off

To allow for building works over the summer break, our Library services will be available from our temporary home in B303, starting Monday 30 November. Come visit us for help, study spaces and more!

The TL Robertson building (B105) will remain open until 6pm this Friday, 27 November, before closing until semester one 2021. Access to 303, as well as our other Libraries, will continue to be restricted to Curtin ID card holders only.

summer break works mapDuring this period, some of our services will be operating a little differently. See how these changes affect you here.

Have a question about our services? Send us a question through our help form and or get in touch over the phone from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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Suggestion Box: Toilet Paper

By Amber Wilson 17 November 2020 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box@Curtin Library…

Is it possible that the Ladies Toilets in the Library could be stocked up with extra toilet paper. This is the third time in three days there has been no toilet paper in the toilets.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback. We will report this to University Properties who are responsible for cleaning in the building.

Colin Sinclair
Curtin Library

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Library works – Saturday 14 November

By Curtin Library 13 November 2020 News & events Refurbishment Comments off

There will be intermittent noisy works happening in TL Robertson Library on Levels 3 and 6 tomorrow, Saturday 14 November, from 6am to 2pm.

You may like to use a quieter space on Level 2, 4 or 5 for your studies during this time.

For more information, please visit the project page.

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Peer program empowers students to succeed

By Curtin Library 13 November 2020 News & events Comments off

Since 2013, the University Peer Assisted Study Success (UniPASS) program hosted by Curtin University Library has helped thousands of students increase their pass rates by an average of 19% while making study engaging and interactive. This increase in pass rates results in success in a student’s degree and skill attainment, and leads to a reduction in stress, a reduction in cost of the degree, increased feelings of confidence and success, and a smoother route to employment in their chosen field.

Inspired by peer learning programs such as PASS and Supplemental Instruction from the US and around the world, library staff implemented the successful UniPASS program at Curtin University, adding to the suite of learning support delivered by their ‘Learning Success’ team.

68 peer-led group revision sessions are run per week throughout the semester, mostly in first-year courses, with thousands of students attending each year. The sessions are designed, planned and delivered by successful senior students. Those who attend benefit not only from the guided revision, but from the active learning environment where they interact and study with others in a safe, non-hierarchical setting. This setting helps them transition to the university environment both academically and socially. A network of peers is an important element of support and socialisation for students transitioning to university and having such a group of friends can assist in reducing attrition.

An example of the impact of UniPASS can be seen in Ben, a Nursing student who was finding his first year anatomy unit challenging. Ben was considering dropping out but thought he’d try UniPASS first, as the free study sessions run by a student might be helpful and less stressful than asking academic staff his questions. At UniPASS, Ben found a friendly, informal atmosphere of students working together to find answers through interesting activities, guided by a facilitator who understood the difficulties in studying the unit. He found that this way of studying helped him understand and better remember the concepts. Through the sessions, he made friends and learned skills which helped him with his other units. After speaking with his new network and the Peer Learning Facilitator who ran the sessions, Ben grew confident enough to see academic staff for further support and completed the unit with a Distinction.

Many students have similar experiences to Ben, so the friendly peer support and active, social learning techniques employed in UniPASS sessions have helped many students by improving their knowledge in specific content areas and in becoming more independent, confident learners.

Demand is increasing for the program; while results have shown that regular attendance can increase grades, students also know that UniPASS is focussed on creating a welcoming and comfortable environment that functions as a space to ask questions, share their own experiences and issues, and discover what they have to look forward to and prepare for in the next years of their degree. UniPASS is helping with the university experience and supporting students in the completion of their degree, setting them up for employment, decent jobs, and entrepreneurship into the future.

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Tobacco control success – lessons from the Curtin University Library

By Curtin Library 13 November 2020 News & events Comments off
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Items from the Mike Daube collection

This year, the Curtin University Library made the Mike Daube Tobacco Control and Public Health Collection available. The collection is the culmination of more than five decades of research material related to the effects of tobacco and smoking, and public health advocacy, all donated by public heath advocate Professor Mike Daube AO.

Daube is a public health advocate who has maintained his commitment to achieving sustainable change in public health outcomes for more than five decades, with specific focus on the public health crisis caused by the effects of tobacco and smoking. His public health campaigning has left a lasting legacy of research material that has continued to inspire others and that the Library is proud to host and preserve.

His work has contributed to legislation in many areas related to smoking and tobacco control, including plain packaging of tobacco products and restrictions on advertising in and sponsorship of sport by tobacco companies. In addition to his role as Director General of Health WA, Daube has been associated with Curtin University as Professor of Public Health Policy, and Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.

The papers and collections represent Daube’s life’s work and, upon his retirement, he approached University Librarian Catherine Clark and offered the collection to the Library, hoping to make it more widely available. Seeing the value and importance of the collection, the Library committed substantial resources to taking it on.

Taking five years from transfer to process, the resulting ‘Tobacco Control and Public Health Collection’ was preserved by the Library to ensure that this important research was not lost and could be made available to as many people as possible. To assist people in discovering tobacco control and other areas of public health advocacy in the collection, library staff wrote meaningful, detailed descriptions when cataloguing the collection so items can be easily discovered online.

The collection is comprised of published and unpublished material relating to public health policy and advocacy in the United Kingdom, Australia and internationally, and includes reports which were limited in distribution. The collection also includes public health advocacy materials in languages other than English.

Curtin University Library supports the development of sustainable health outcomes by providing access to this sort of research material in public health advocacy. This material has been made available for discovery by anyone, anywhere to enable further research and development of public health programs and advocacy, and, most importantly, to serve as an inspiring example of how to succeed in public health advocacy. The collection demonstrates that long-term, sustained commitment can bring about substantial change for the benefit of many.

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Universal access with Curtin’s espace: Increasing the progress of research

By Curtin Library 13 November 2020 News & events Comments off

Since 2003, Curtin University’s institutional repository, espace, has improved public access to information by increasing discoverability and accessibility to Curtin research publications. Over time, Curtin University Library has opened up access to more than 19,000 publication records hosted on the espace platform, and linked to more than 4,000 records hosted on other websites. The public has downloaded more than 7 million files via espace. Without providing this access, content would have remained behind a publisher paywall, meaning the public would need to pay a pay-per-view fee to a publisher in order to read each file on a publisher platform.

espace’s primary objective is to increase the reach and impact of important Curtin research. When access to Curtin research is stuck behind a paywall, it limits access to people who are affiliated with an institution who subscribes to the content. The development of espace has been part of a broader open movement to establish institutional repositories throughout Australia.

Library staff support researchers to share their work by checking publisher requirements and improving the metadata about the research publication. This effort makes the content compliant with copyright and contractual obligations, as well as discoverable and accessible.

Curtin PhD student Jennifer Tohotoa’s thesis, “The development, implementation and evaluation of a father inclusive perinatal support intervention to increase breastfeeding duration”, was made available in espace from January 2013. Since then, espace statistics report that more than 20,000 readers from a range of geographic locations including the United States, Iceland, Macao, Germany, Singapore and Vietnam have downloaded the thesis.

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espace graph

Source:, retrieved 15 Sept 2020

Prior to the advent of repositories like espace, theses were stored in hardcopy and kept as physical records, with access only available by reading the print version in a library building. This resulted in a treasure trove of research not easily accessible to the rest of the world. By removing barriers to access, the public, as well as staff and students at other educational institutions, can broaden their own knowledge and build upon Curtin research to contribute new knowledge to the scholarly environment. Unhindered by barriers, these readers benefit from true universal access.

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